7 indicted in Miss. child’s kidnapping from school

Scales of justice and jail

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Seven people have been indicted on federal charges that they conspired to kidnap a 6-year-old girl from an east Mississippi elementary school.

Among those named in the indictment, issued Wednesday in Jackson federal court, is Devonta Pollard, a former basketball player at the University of Alabama.

Prosecutors say his mother, Jessie Mae Brown Pollard, led a scheme to kidnap the girl to pressure the child’s mother in a land dispute.

Devonta Pollard and James Shurman Johnigan were ordered released on $10,000 bond apiece. The other five have been held pending trial.

The child was taken from East Kemper Elementary School around noon April 30. She turned up unharmed on a rural road in Enterprise the next day. Court papers say the child was released and knocked on a resident’s door.

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